Trent Wilson, the head baseball and junior high football coach at Mena High School has accepted a coaching position at Fouke High School. Wilson was an assistant football and baseball coach at Fouke for the 2015-16 season before coming to Mena for his one and only season. Wilson will become Fouke's head baseball coach and offensive coordinator of the senior high football team.
"I'm extremely excited," Wilson said. "I developed some great relationships with those guys when I was down there last year. I took the opportunity here to be a head coach again in baseball and coach in a great football conference. The knowledge I have learned here has made me a better football and baseball coach." Wilson said being closer to his wife's family was another key factor in his decision to accept the position at Fouke. "I enjoyed it," Wilson said. "I worked with a good staff. I learned a lot and we had a successful football season. [We] made the playoffs this year in a very tough conference. The junior high team finished 6-2 and had a very good year. We were a couple plays away from maybe winning that conference championship.
"Baseball season we struggled, but we were very young," Wilson continued. "I felt like we had a lot of guys start to develop, and hopefully that will lead to future success." Wilson, a native of Arkadelphia, graduated from Henderson State in 2013. Wilson interned at Bismarck High School for semester and volunteered at Ouachita High School as an assistant before he was hired as the head baseball coach at Ouachita for the 2014-15 school year. Wilson spent two seasons at Ouachita and he led the Warriors to a Class A State Championship his first season with only 14 players. Wilson said Fouke's football team will be run oriented next season and they will try to get their main weapons out in space.
"[Fouke] plays in one of the best 3A conferences in the state," Wilson said. "It's a competitive conference but we feel like we got some good skill guys and good players and we will have the opportunity to be successful down there again this year." Wilson said Fouke's baseball team is coming off it's best season in years. "We will be losing five or six seniors," Wilson said. "It was a senior led team this year and they will all be graduating, but we feel that we have some very talented young guys coming up. We got a couple pieces to put together but we will be very competitive and have the opportunity to play for a district championship."
Mena Athletic Director and head football coach Tim Harper said Wilson brings a lot of intensity and that is something that the Bearcats will miss. "Coach Wilson is a young guy who is going to be a good coach one day," Harper said. "He is still growing and learning. He just needs to keep working and he will be a great one. He did a good job for us this year. "We are going to miss them and we wish them well," Harper continued. "Hopefully we can find some guys that are as good as them or better." Harper said he is hopeful the open position will be filled by the school board meeting in mid-June.